Monday, 21 March 2016

7 Sykos - Slightly Ranty Book Review

7 Sykos
by Marsheila Rockwell and Jeff Mariotte

What is it about:
Detached from the world, how are seven psychopaths going to save it?

Phoenix is one of the most populated cities in America...but not for long. With a mysterious sickness spreading through the streets, two things are becoming very clear: there’s no cure, and it doesn’t necessarily kill you.

Instead, the so-called “Infecteds” have become a living plague, killing and eating everyone they come into contact with. Chaos is spreading, and no one is safe.

No one, that is, except for a group of psychos.

Somehow unaffected by the disease—and with promises of clemency for their monstrous pasts—a group of seven is sent downtown to hopefully find the cause of the disease…and therefore a cure. But when the asylum is the size of a city, it no longer matters who is running things.

Not when everyone is running for their lives.

What did I think of it:
I preordered this book on impulse because it mentioned a zombie-like plague and psychopaths being send in to save the day.

And it is a nice enough read.

The whole first part of the book is unnecessarily long in my opinion. Come on: people get sick and start to crave brains. Psychos don't. Send them in! End of part one.

Instead there's lots of blah to set up one of the characters and a special side storyline that was also completely unnecessary in my opinion. And yes, that might be because I didn't think she was all that interesting. If the whole first part had centered a bit more on the psychos I might have been more entertained.

Then they finally go into Phoenix and there's finally some cool action. I still thought the psychos didn't get enough screen time, but at least there was some zombie-like mayhem.

The side storyline slowed things down a bit, but otherwise I liked the story much better once it really got going.

All in all a nice, entertaining read.

Why should you read it:
If you like the general idea of this story and don't mind a slow build-up, you will probably enjoy this.

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